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APRIL 2000

MONTHLY    *    Vol 14-04 No:160    *   APRIL 2000 / MUHARRAM 1421H
  email: editor@islamicvoice.com

COMMUNITY ROUNDUP


Sangh adds Saffron to History
'Constitution Panel Will Aid Sangh's Designs'
Dhampur Mosque becomes the First Victim
More Muslims Elected in Bihar Elections
Itidad Coopeartive Credit Society Opened
Charminar Bank Gets Scheduled Status
Dalits, Minorities Resent Changes in Syllabus
Muslim Scientist from Bangalore achieves Breakthrough
Indian Muslims Protest Against Russia's Chechnya Genocide
Shahid Mehdi Is new vice-chancellor of Jamia
FFF Essay Contest
Short-Term Aalim Course
Tamil Nadu Urdu Academy
People

Sangh adds Saffron to History

By A.B.Masoud

New Delhi: Prof. Irfan Habib, distinguished historian and a former chairman of the Indian Council for Historical Research, has blasted the BJP, the RSS and their ‘family members’ for trying to inject saffron ideology into the world of academia. In a detailed and strongly worded statement issued to the press, the noted historian said, “Any honest presentation of documentas would show the RSS, Hindu Mahasabha and their ‘family members’ for what they are-loyal servants of the British Raj and poison-spewers against Gandhiji and all genuine nationalists. They are therefore determined to prevent an impartial publication of documents and are out to project those who tried to undermine the national movement as true freedom fighters.”

He said the withdrawal of the Sardar-Panikkar volumes on Freedom Struggle was being justified on” petty technical grounds-all proving to be false” Contesting the present ICHR chairman B.R.Grover’s claim, that the volumes were sent for publication without being shown to the then chairman, S. Shettar, he said, “ The production of Professor Shettar’s own foreword to one of the volumes has given the lie to this allegation, wherein he refers to his gratification at having sent the other volumes to the press as well.”

Regarding present ICHR stand that the volumes of Sarkar and Panikkar, have been withdrawn for ‘screening’, Prof Habib asked “Screened by Whom”? He accused Mr.Grover of having appointed a committee of experts “of whom, after resignations took care of at least two, there remains, none of whom is a historian of the national movement or even a historian.”

As for accusations of delay and substantial expenditure incurred on the project which is being attributed “due to some lapse by the so-called `left historians’, he maintained that this happened when the present saffron chairman of the ICHR B.R.Grover was the director (academic) at ICHR from 1974 to 1985.

Describing the withdrawal of the Sardar-Panikkar volumes as a “major attack on the principle of academic freedom and the cause of scientific history,” Prof. Habib denied Grover’s charge that he withdrew Dr P.N.Chopra’s freedom volume. He said when he took over as ICHR chairman in 1986, he came across “widespread criticism” of Dr.Chopra’s volume. “However, there was no question of withdrawing it”, he said adding that “When the volume did not sell well and the then distributor reported this fact, the distributor was changed and the stock referred to another distributor. This offers absolutely no analogy to the present case.”

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'Save Democracy' Convention

'Constitution Panel Will Aid Sangh's Designs'

By A Staff Writer

New Delhi: The imposition of Emergency was a personal affair, but now the new conspiracy that has been hatched is to end the democracy from the country. It is a gift of the movement of Hitler and Mussolini, warned Maulana Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi, the secretary general, Milli council.

Addressing the ‘Save Democracy Convention’ recently held here, Qasmi said the different groups nourished under the ideology of RSS raise somewhere the dispute of mosque and temple, sent where atrocities upon the weaker sections, sometime take offensive steps against the Christians missionaries, sometime devoid the Sikhs of their genuine rights, sometime want to merge the Buddhists and Jain’s into their own religion, sometime distort the books of history, sometime try to saffronise the media, sometime do character assassination of the personalities and some time hurt the social and religious organisations with the finger of suspicion.” Commenting on the real motives Qasmi said a small story of fascism can be seen in Gujrat where the Christian churches have been told to hand over a portion of land so that a temple could be built there. Such in stances of fascism could be seen everywhere in the country. Now the effort is to harass the Islamic seminaries at Nizamabad in Andhra Pradesh and other places have already begun to project the entire Muslim community as suspect. Lashing out at the Vajapayee government’s move to review the Constitution, he said Hitler came to power through a democratic constitution and then founded Fascism and Nazism reviewing the Constitution.

The similar situation prevails here and for this the biggest source is the media. He said it is ironic that today after 25 years the country has to pay attention again to save the democracy.

While former prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda said he feared the review panel would recommend only two things, that is scrapping of Article 370 and implementation of uniform civil code. He said the review exercise is being done solely to provide electoral plank to the BJP. After putting these recommendations in the Parliament the Vajpayee government may go for the snap poll, he added.

The convention called upon all the citizens who love democracy and secularism to launch a courageous, and organised movement to take out the country from the clutches of the fascism. For this purpose, the convention also set up a committee of seven members comprising of Maulana Syed Kalbe Sadiq, Dr Manzoor Alam, Maulana Sajjad Nanoni, Mr John Dayal, Dr Sharma Kirti, Dr Prem Pati and Gurdeep Singh.

The convention appealed to President K. R. Narayan to take all necessary steps to call back the UP state Religious Buildings Regulation Bill.

It also called upon all the political parties, which do not believe in fascist point of view to make efforts so that the country does not transgress from the path of secularism and democracy. It urged the religions leaders and social activists that they should feel gravity of the situation and should take steps in their area of influence to awaken the people against the fascist forces.

The well-attended convention, organised by the All India Milli Council, discussed the prevailing situation and passed seven resolutions.

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Uttar Pradesh Bill against Religious Places

Dhampur Mosque becomes the First Victim

By A.B.Masoud

New Delhi: A 190-year old mosque of Dhampur town in Bijonor district, UP, around 200 km from here in the west, has become the first victim of the controversial UP Regulation of Public Religious Buildings and Places Bill, 2000, which is yet to become a full-fledged law and still pending before the president of India for his assent.

Muslims of Dhampur town alleged that the local administration at the behest of local BJP leadership had stopped the construction and repair of the Masjid. A team comprising Additional District-Magistrate, Chief Officer of Municipality and Station House Officer (Police) raided the mosque on February 1 and stopped the construction work.

The Mosque adjoining an old graveyard situated in the busy market area near Subash Chowk, was built nearly two centuries ago, and is being regularly used by the Muslims for five time namaz. Growing number of namazis and the dilapidated conditions of the Mosque forced the management of the committee to start construction. But the local BJP leader Mahendra Dhanoria, a former MLA, started protesting against the construction. He even challenged the very existence of the Mosque. This has created communal tension in the town.

Prominent people of the town held several meetings to defuse the tension, to solve the controversy amicably. Local Samajwadi party MLA, Moolchand, met both community leaders and urged the local administration to grant permission for the construction of the mosque.

He charged the BJP for vitiating the peaceful and cordial atmosphere of the town. Indian Union Muslim League’s state secretary Irfan Ahmad and Qazi-e-Shaher, Mufti Mohammad Qamar Qasmi also met the local administration urging them to lift the ban on the construction work. They told the local authorities that the mosque and the graveyard have been very much on the official land records since the British times. So any move to curb the construction work is illegal and interference in the religious affairs of the Muslim community. Sources said that District Magistrate of Bijnore and Additional District Masgistrate of Dhampur have been not on good terms and that caused the delay in granting the permission for construction work.

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More Muslims Elected in Bihar Elections

New Delhi: The Muslim representation in the newly constituted 12th Bihar Assembly went up from 24 to 30, which is the all time high representation since the first Assembly election in 1952. However, this is still less than proportional. The community population is around 15 per cent. Given this, 47 Muslims should have been elected for the 324-member house.

In contrast, the Yadav community who account around 12 per cent of the state population has succeeded in capturing 36 seats in the new House.

Out of total 30 Muslim members, nearly two-third (that is 17) were elected on the ruling Rashtriya Janata Dal ticket and seven were elected on the Congress (I) ticket while remaining five seats were shared one each by the CPI, CPI (ML), BSP Samata Party and JMM and one is an independent.

Unlike the last year’s Lok Sabha polls, this time Muslim voters showed remarkable maturity in order to thwart the BJP led National Democratic Alliance from coming to power in the state. Though they were not happy with the 10-year Laloo-Rabri rule. They had no choice but to root for the RJD, keeping in mind the last year’s parliamentary elections results when BJP and its allies captured 41 out of 54 Lok Sabha seats from the state. In the dissolved (11th) House, there were 24 Muslims members but only 17 could return to the new House while they wrested 13 new seats. Most of the members were elected from the North and Central parts of the state.

The Muslim representation could have been much more if there was no multiplicity of Muslim candidates in the predominantly Muslim constituencies that cost them at least 10 to 12 seats. A case in point is the Patna Central seat, where the presence of six Muslim candidates made easy walk for the BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi. Alarmed by the impending danger of BJP coming to power, Muslims organisations in the state devised a well-thought out strategy to thwart the NDAs march. Particularly, the Imarat Sharia Bihar and the Milli Council played major role in guiding the community at the hustings. The striking change of mood of the Muslim electorate can be seen in Darbhanga parliamentary constituency’s nine assembly segments results. Out of the nine seats Muslim candidates won five whereas three-time MP Ashraf Ali Fatmi lost this parliamentary seat in the last election.

Expressing satisfaction over the improved performance of the Muslims in Bihar, Mr Kamal Farooqui, convenor, Milli Council Political Forum, said ‘it is high time Laloo Yadav and Rabri Devi government acted fast in addressing the grievances of Muslims and other backward communities in the state which have been largely ignored during the first two terms of the RJD governments.

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Itidad Coopeartive Credit Society Opened

Chief Minister of Goa Francisco Sardinha speaking 
after inaugrating Itidad Urban Cooperative Credit Society

Panaji (Goa): Itidad Urban Cooperative Credit Society was inaugurated here on February 10 by Goa Chief Minister Francisco Sardinha. According to MLA and chairman of the society Shaikh Hassan Haroon the society will help the weaker sections. It has 511 members and shareholders who have invested Rs 1.55 lakh. Another sum of Rs 26.90 lakh has been deposited in fixed deposits. President of Panjim Municipal Council Ramesh Salim Khan urged the society to adopt direct methods to help the small and needy people. Mr. Tahir Carol is the vice chairman of the society while Shaikh Mustafa Khadir is secretary.

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Charminar Bank Gets Scheduled Status

Hyderabad: The Charminar Co-operative Urban Bank Limited has attained the scheduled status with its deposits exceeding Rs. 220 crore. The RBI issued the necessary sanction to this effect on February 26. According to Bank’s Chairman S.A.H.Sajjad Agha the bank now proposes to open branches in Mumbai, Aurangabad, Delhi etc. It is also thinking of setting up units in foreign countries where large number of Hyderabadis are working. The Bank has 18 branches in Hyderabad which have fully computerised services. The Bank earned a profit of Rs. 5.02 crore and disbursed loans worth Rs 140 crore to 1.31 lakh borrowers during the last year. It mobilised Rs 40 crore from the NRIs. Mr Agha said the Bank’s priority would now be to expand its network to cities such Vizag, Rajahmandry, Guntur, Vijaywada etc. in Andhra Pradesh.

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Dalits, Minorities Resent Changes in Syllabus

Calcutta: Several educationists and scholars here condemned the changes being affected in the syllabi by the union government. Mrs. Kalyani Mondal strongly protested against all efforts to mould education according to the philosophy of the political party in power. Prof.S.B.Chatterjee, ex-vice chancellor, said nothing should be imposed in the name of education. Akhtar Hussain said that even the secular Left-Front Govt. is not free from communalism. Prof Achinta Biswas favoured introduction of human rights. The Confederation of Minorities and Dalit Associations was passed on the occasion.

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Muslim Scientist from Bangalore achieves Breakthrough

By A Staff Writer

Prof. Mohammad Rahmathullah DelviBangalore: The earthworms can be used to turn the effluents from the distilleries into useful manure. This discovery has been made by Prof. Mohammad Rahmathullah Delvi, head of the zoology department of Bangalore University.

Dr. Delvi told Islamic Voice, the earthworms could feed upon effluents let out into the soil by distillery and can turn it into highly effective fertilizer. Dr. Delvi and two research associates Seenappa and Mrs. Seenappa worked on the project for four years and were able to achieve the breakthrough. The experiment found that 4.3 kgs of earthworms could convert 300 litres of effluents into 90 kgs of vermicompost. For this, however, the land soaked with distillery waste will have to be mixed with other bio-wastes. The discovery is getting patented.

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Indian Muslims Protest Against Russia's Chechnya Genocide

New Delhi (IINA): The major Muslim organizations in India, comprising the All-India Muslim Majlise-Mushawarat, the All-India Milli Council, the Jamiat Ulema-I-Hind, the Jamaate-Islami Hind, and three others, have unequivocally condemned Russia’s brutal offensive against Chechnya, in which a major chunk of the civilian population has been targeted and terrorized into seeking refuge in hills and in neighbouring countries. Asking the Indian Government to do something in the matter, the statement issued by the meeting also expressed admiration for the valiant defense of the Chechen’s defense of their motherland, “in accordance with their traditions of valiant struggle against Russia for the last 150 years.”

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Shahid Mehdi Is new vice-chancellor of Jamia

New Delhi: Mr. Shahid Mehdi, a former IFS officer took charge on March 2, as the new vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia. The term of his predecessor Lt. Gen M.A.Zaki ended on January 19.

Before taking up this assignment Mr.Mehdi was the representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation at Yemen. A 1963 batch IFS officer, Mr Mehdi reportedly had taught at Aligarh Muslim University and Kurukshetra University.

Earlier, Jamia Teachers’ Association has been pressing for an academic vice-chancellor, but later come out with a statement welcoming the appointment of Mehdi. Mr.Mehdi was the only non-academic in the race for the office, the other three being Prof. Abad Ahmad, the pro-vice-chancellor of Delhi University, Prof. M.Y.Qadri of Kashmir University and Dr. Tahir Mehmood a former faculty Dean in Delhi University and ex chairman of National Commission for Minorities.

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FFF Essay Contest

Kochi: R.Natarajan of Coimbatore was adjudged the winner of the first prize in the essay contest on “Islam As I Know” conducted by the Forum for Faith and Fraternity (FFF) here. Mohit Joshi of Nainital in Uttar Pradesh bagged the second prize while the third prize was shared by Bina Lakhsmi Nepram of Imphal (Manipur) and Rumela Sen of Chittaranjan in West Bengal. Twelve others were given consolation prizes.

The contest recieved 437 entries were received from across the country. The contestants were asked to write an essay on “Islam as I Know” in 15 pages and answer 280 multiple choice questions. The Forum supplied some books for introduction of Islam as well as other related aspects. Nearly one-fifth number of entries were received from Tamil Nadu.

The Forum for Faith and Faternity is engaged in disseminating message of Islam among the core of non-Muslim intellectuals and University students in India. According to programme secretary V.A.Mohammad Ashraf, the Forum has several intellectuals, academicians and businessmen among its members and engages itself in promotion of Islam through programmes aimed at intellectual class. More information can be sought from: Forum for Faith and Fraternity, Post Box:4239, Kochi-682017.

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Short-Term Aalim Course

Bangalore: Jamiatul Hasnain’s short-term Aalim Course specially meant for college-going male students will commence from April 10. It is a 5-year Course. The Jamia also conducts Hifz Courses for school going students. The Jamia’s annual Summer Camp for students studying 4th standard to college level will start from April 1, 2000, said a press release.

For details contact: Shabeer Ahmed,
No.113, Mosque Road, Fraser Town, Bangalore - 560 005.
Phone: 5476290 Cell: 9844014255.

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Tamil Nadu Urdu Academy

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government has set up the Urdu Academy here and has allocated Rs.15 lakh to promote Urdu language. Two separate committees have been set up for the purpose with 21 and 11 members.

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People

Islamist Leader Jailed

Necmetten Erbakan, former prime minister of Turkey and leader of the Virtue (Fazilat) party was jailed for one year for criticising securalism, the creed of the Turkish Constitution. Erbakan was twice prime minister of Turkey, first heading the Milli Salamat party and then Refah (Welfare) party. Both parties followed moderate Islamic ideals but were dubbed extremists by the Western World and non-secular by the Turkish armed forces that are Kemalist by their ideology. The two parties were successively banned under pressure from the army. Virtue (or Fazilat in Turkish) party is the latest incarnation of the former Milli Selamat and Refah parties. The armed forces are scared of the growing popularity of Islamic forces and the Virtue party and have tried to suppress them with a heavy hand. But this time around the European Union is likely to criticise the Turkish army. Clean-shaven Erbakan had earlier been barred from becoming a member of Turkish Parliament.

Appointed

A Muslim has been appointed magistrate at the preliminary court in Copenhagen, the Danish capital. He is of Moroccan origin and is a member of the ruling party.

Geoscientist Honoured

Bangalore based geo-scientist Mohammed Ziauddin has been conferred the honour of “One of the 2000 outstanding scientists of the 20th century” by the International Biographic Centre, Cambridge, UK. He was the Deputy Director General of the Geological Survey of India at the time of his retirement in 1981. Ziauddin wrote nearly 50 scientific papers and discovered significant deposits of iron, copper, gold in the southern plateau of India during his 37 years of service. Born in 1923 in Bangalore, he earlier served as lecturer in the Central College. Discovery of a major glass sand deposit in Nigeria led to setting up of glass industry in that country in 1982-83. He is consultant, advisor and director for several industries. (Contributed by Shafeeq Ahmed).

Muslim Girl Tops CBSE Exam

Ms. Ayisha of Chennai Medical College was honoured by human resource development minister Murali Manohar Joshi at a function in New Delhi for securing 100 per cent marks in the CBSE Biology examination last year (1999). She was given a cash prize of Rs 15,000 besides a certificate.

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